School & District Management

Two School Board Races Worth Watching

By Christina A. Samuels — November 07, 2011 2 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Election day is Tuesday, and there’s a few school board races around the country that are worth paying attention to:

Wake County, N.C.: This school board did away with a diversity-based busing plan a year ago when the board majority were Republicans, and is now split four to four between Republicans and Democrats after local elections held Oct. 11. Tuesday’s race, a runoff between Democratic incumbent Kevin Hill and Republican challenger Heather Losurdo, will determine if there is a shift in the board majority or if more conservative-leaning members will maintain control. The runoff is necessary because Hill did not get 50 percent of the vote; instead, he received 49.7 percent in what was a four-person field. Losurdo received 39.9 percent.

The Losurdo campaign has set a record for campaign contributions, according to the News and Observer newspaper. As of Oct. 24, she had raised $82,357, compared to $42,748 for Hill. Groups outside of Hill’s campaign have also been running their own ads and sending out mailings attacking Losurdo.

The contributions for all of the races for Wake County School Board, including the ones that were decided back in October, are expected to easily top $500,000, the newspaper says.

Eden Prairie, Minn:A month ago, I wrote about a contentious boundary change decision in this 9,700-student district that echoes those going on in suburban districts around the country.

The high-achieving district outside of Minneapolis has a growing number of students whose parents are immigrants from Somalia. Rather than have most of those students clustered at one school, which is near a pocket of affordable housing, the district redrew boundaries to rebalance the population and ensure that each of its elementary schools had no more than 25 percent of its students eligible for free-or-reduced-price lunches.

The move roiled some members of the community, which packed public hearings. Opponents of the boundary plan said they were called racists; supporters were accused of engaging in “social engineering.”

Once the school year started, some of the loudest protests quieted. But Tuesday will be the first chance that Eden Prairie residents will have to show just how upset—or content—they are with the changes. Eight candidates are vying for four open seats. One strong supporter of the boundary changes, Kim Ross, is up for re-election. John Estall and Holly Parker, two board members who opposed the boundary decision, are also running again.

Are there other races that we should be paying attention to? Let me know in the comments.

A version of this news article first appeared in the District Dossier blog.

Commenting has been disabled on effective Sept. 8. Please visit our FAQ section for more details. To get in touch with us visit our contact page, follow us on social media, or submit a Letter to the Editor.


This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Teaching Webinar
What’s Next for Teaching and Learning? Key Trends for the New School Year
The past 18 months changed the face of education forever, leaving teachers, students, and families to adapt to unprecedented challenges in teaching and learning. As we enter the third school year affected by the pandemic—and
Content provided by Instructure
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Curriculum Webinar
How Data and Digital Curriculum Can Drive Personalized Instruction
As we return from an abnormal year, it’s an educator’s top priority to make sure the lessons learned under adversity positively impact students during the new school year. Digital curriculum has emerged from the pandemic
Content provided by Kiddom
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Equity & Diversity Webinar
Leadership for Racial Equity in Schools and Beyond
While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to reveal systemic racial disparities in educational opportunity, there are revelations to which we can and must respond. Through conscientious efforts, using an intentional focus on race, school leaders can
Content provided by Corwin

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

School & District Management 10 Ways to Tackle Education's Urgent Challenges
As the school year gets underway, we ask hard questions about education’s biggest challenges and offer some solutions.
2 min read
Conceptual Image of schools preparing for the pandemic
Pep Montserrat for Education Week
School & District Management Reported Essay Principals Need Social-Emotional Support, Too
By overlooking the well-being of their school leaders, districts could limit how much their schools can flourish.
7 min read
Conceptual Illustration
Pep Montserrat for Education Week
School & District Management From Our Research Center Educator Stress, Anti-Racism, and Pandemic Response: How You're Feeling
A new nationally representative survey offers key takeaways from teachers, principals, and district leaders.
EdWeek Research Center
1 min read
2021 BI COVER no text DATA crop
Pep Montserrat for Education Week
School & District Management Download 8 Tips for Building a Digital Learning Plan That Conquers Chaos
Craft flexible strategies, encourage experimentation with new instructional models, and regularly solicit feedback.
1 min read
onsr edtech tips